Project DescriptionFROM THE AIA TENNESSEE:
Following the devastating thousand-year flood of 2010, a new library was planned for the Bellevue community with a commitment to enrich lives at a local level. As a center for knowledge and entertainment, this facility hosts large formal events and small impromptu encounters, generating unique public and personal experiences.
Critical components to the design were the following:
• Context – bring to life a central and conveniently located property by creating a new walking trail, outdoor gathering areas for teaching and contemplation, and a community “front porch” for large events or small private getaway moments.
• Identity – create a facility that not only develops a direct physical and visual connection to the street and surrounding neighborhood, but also provides a unique landmark generating community pride.
• Layout – establish a well-developed plan with intuitive circulation, centrally positioned and highly visible service desk and multiple environments for a wide variety of users.
• Technology – incorporate state-of-the-art technology while forecasting future trends and building in flexible systems for multi-use functions.
• Sustainability – recognize the benefits of sustainable design practices by infusing the project with thoughtful solutions throughout.